Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Joachim Giessmann

Executive Director

Hans-Joachim Giessmann is the Berghof Foundation’s Executive Director. Before joining our organisation in 2008, he was Deputy Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). As Adjunct Professor, he currently represents the University of Hamburg on the Board of Directors for the European Master Programme in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA).

From 2009 to 2014, Hans-Joachim was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on “Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction” and on “Terrorism”, serving as the Chair of the latter in 2011 and 2012. He is presently in his fourth consecutive term as Member of the Advisory Board for Civil Crisis Prevention at the German Federal Foreign Office. He is also a Board Member for the German Atlantic Association and was elected Member (MLS) of the Leibniz Sozietät in 2015.

Hans-Joachim co-edits the research quarterly “Security and Peace” (Nomos Publishers) and the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium’s scientific journal “Connections”.

As author, editor or co-editor he has published more than 40 books and 350 research and media articles, numerous of which have been translated into more than ten languages.

Hans-Joachim graduated from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1978 (Dipl.-Phil.) and holds doctorates in philosophy and in political science. In the past, he held guest professorships in the universities of Garden City (N.Y.), Wroclaw and Shanghai.

You can find Hans-Joachim on Twitter at @HJGiessmann. He also reflects in a monthly blog series on current themes related to activities of the Berghof Foundation.